Journaling and writing by hand helps you to understand your behaviours, stressors, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and motivators. Writing about the crud of life as well as the juicy and fun parts allows you to become more solution-focused than problem-centred.
Side effects recorded by my private journaling case study clients are a noticeable improvement in relationships, assertive communication, improved confidence, understanding of self, clarity of thoughts, and noticing an increase in wellbeing.
Those who write every day consistently felt happier, lighter and freer.
Journaling about overwhelming emotions provides catharsis helping you let go of negative thoughts and everyday stresses along with your responses to them.
The following statistics indicate a research-based study across a range of journaling styles.
Keeping a mood diary of thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours while experiencing depression has been known to boost mood and lessen the symptoms of negative emotions.
- People diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder repeated significantly lower depression scores after three days of expressive writing for twenty minutes a day (Krpan, Kross, Berman, Deldin, Askren and Jondies, 2013)
- Reduces the physical symptoms of health problems, and anxiety in women (LaClaire, 2008)
SELF-HELP STRATEGIES TO BEAT DEPRESSION
Focusing on and writing about what is going well boosts mood. Gratitude journaling also sees improvement in the reduction of depressive symptoms and duration of the problem.
- Boost long-term well-being, improve length and quality of sleep encourage exercise and reduce physical pain and symptoms through gratitude journaling (Emmons and McCullogh, 2003)
- Gratitude journaling is an aid to help you make progress toward your goals (Emmons and Mishra, 2011)
- Begin the process of journaling freely writing by hand what comes into your mind or using the journaling prompts and exercises include in Write from Your Heart
- Notice any repetitions of your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and emotions you record within your journal
- Reflect upon the benefits gained from journaling
- With new awareness, what positive changes and actions can you take toward creating a happier future for yourself?
- What have you noticed about your mood after journaling consistently for a minimum of 21 days?
WRITING SKILLS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
Write from Your Heart, the authors third book is available on Amazon. It offers the reader a range of engaging writing invitations, inspiring prompts, and author tips to support you in gaining confidence as a writer and sharing your story.
This easy to apply writing guide includes powerful principles to overcome the fear of writing, encouraging you to keep your name on the page and your words flowing. The principles shared may support in improving physical. emotional and mental health.
You will gain the following benefits as you read through:
- Tools and techniques to get you in ‘The Write Frame of Mind’
- Journaling invitations to express your voice confidently
- Guidance on how to feel comfortable unleashing the power of your truth
- Heart-centred exercises to revive a tired mind and body to create writers flow
- Prompts to write a better story for yourself
- Access to The Spotlight Process tapping into your innate creativity with confidence
- Topic ideas to keep you engaged on your writing journey
- Exercises for self-journaling and creative writing groups
- Processes to boost your writing flow
- Guidelines to support you in finding your preferred journaling style
- Writing invitations to aid personal transformation and healing
- Tips for integrating journaling into your daily routine
- Prompts to set your author voice free
Journaling has many health and wellbeing benefits, but it doesn’t stop there. As writers, if we get blocked on a writing a page, a chapter, back cover synopsis or in defining our unique message there is much we can do to support ourselves in writing our thoughts down by hand.
My best advice is if overwhelming emotions prevail in your life, journaling is one of the best ways to gain emotional catharsis and release the build-up of what is left unexpressed.
Releasing the thoughts of a busy mind frees up your focus and energy so you can get back to the business of writing from your heart.
Wendy Fry – Writing Coach, Ghostwriter and Therapist with over twenty years in the writing and wellbeing industry will empower you to set and achieve your aspiring author goals. Offering transformational, simple, and practical strategies, you will discover your innate confidence and creativity to attract the success you deserve.